German Recap: Ricardo Pepi Gets First Start as Augsburg Claim Point

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Ricardo Pepi got his first start for FC Augsburg since making the move to the Bundesliga as they ended up sharing the points with Timothy Chandler and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Augsburg 1-1 Eintracht Frankfurt

Goals from both teams in the first would be the highlights as Augsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt shared the points at the WWK Arena.

Ricardo Pepi would start his first game for Augsburg, playing 84 minutes, completing 68 percent of his passes, winning 17 duels, and putting two shots on target. On the other side, Timothy Chandler played 81 minutes, completing 68 percent of his passes, and winning five duels.

The hosts would find themselves behind in the game through their own error just 22 minutes into the contest. A poor backpass ended up at the feet of Frankfurt’s Jesper Lindstrom who launched a counter-attack. Rafael Borre sent a through ball into the path of Daichi Kamada to slot home.

Pepi thought he had scored the equalizer for Augsburg 10 minutes later, but it was called back by the referee when he blew the whistle for an alleged foul in the area by Andi Zeqiri just before the strike.

However, they would grab the leveler soon after through Michael Gregoritsch when he connected on a lobbed pass from Iago to put the ball past Frankfurt goalkeeper Diant Ramaj.

The second half would see the visitors have most of the advantage and several opportunities to score, but Augsburg was fortunate to withstand the pressure to the end.

Eintracht Frankfurt sits in eighth place in the standings with 28 points, while Augsburg has lifted themselves out of the relegation place to move to 15th place with 18 points.

VfB Stuttgart 0-2 RB Leipzig

RB Leipzig scored goals in both halves to see them take all three points in their win over Stuttgart at the Mercedes Benz Arena that puts them back in the hunt for a Champions League place.

Tyler Adams played the entire game for Leipzig, completing 85 percent of his passes and winning 11 duels in the contest.

The visitors got the upper hand 10 minutes in when the referee pointed to the spot for a penalty after Konstantinos Mavropanos handled the ball in the area. Andre Silva stepped up to put away the spot-kick.

The second season in the Bundesliga has been a bit of a struggle for Stuttgart’s American head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, but his players pushed hard for goals. However, Leipzig goalkeeper Peter Gulasci was on top of his game to make the stops.

Leipzig would eventually grab their insurance goal in the 70th minute when Christopher Nkunku ran onto a long pass from Benjamin Henrichs, stopped on a dime to allow his marker to fly past him, and fired the ball home.

The win moves Leipzig up to seventh place in the standings with 28 points, just three points away from the coveted Champions League places.


In other Bundesliga action, John Brooks went the distance for Wolfsburg they played out a 0-0 draw with his former club Hertha Berlin.

Chris Richards and Hoffenheim saw their unbeaten run snapped by Union Berlin in a 2-1 defeat.

Timothy Tillman played 90 minutes and some change while Julian Green remained on the bench as Greuther Furth got a point in their 2-2 tie with Arminia Bielefeld.

Joe Scally made his return to the Borussia Monchengladbach lineup as he played the final 30 minutes in their 2-1 loss to Bayern Leverkusen.

In the 2. Bundesliga, Jann George played the final nine minutes for his new team Erzgebirge Aue in their 2-2 draw with St. Pauli.

Ryan Malone was on the bench for Hansa Rostock in their 1-0 loss to Hannover.

Nicolas Carrera saw no action as Holstein Kiel shared the spoils with Schalke in a 1-1 draw.

Down in the 3. Liga, Mael Corboz and Verl found their goals very late in the game to come away with a 2-0 win over Wurzburger Kickers.

Kevin Lankford was deployed in the unusual position of center-forward for Wehen Wiesbaden as they fell to 1860 Munich in a 3-2 defeat.

Andrew Wooten came on in stoppage time for Osnabruck in their 2-1 win over Saarbrucken.

Maximilian Dietz was on the bench as Freiburg II went down in a narrow 3-2 defeat to Magdeburg.


Kenya Brown

Born in America, but raised in Europe and Asia, Kenya has loved soccer ever since his parents put a ball at his feet. While covering some of the top U.S. players around Europe, he loves putting the spotlight on players who are based in leagues off the beaten path. He also interviews coaches and other people in the game to gain more insight.

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